Archive of December 6, 2007

CDF to release important document on Evangelization and Catechesis

Dec 6, 2007 - 05:17 pm .- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), headed by Cardinal William Joseph Levada, is about to release an important document on evangelization and catechesis, Vatican sources told CNA this week.According to the Vatican sources, the document, which could be made public this Advent, “can be regarded as an application of the principles of the document “Dominus Iesus” to the way evangelization is transmitted and catechesis is taught within the Catholic Church.”

As president Romney would not serve “one religion”

Dec 6, 2007 - 04:00 pm .- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered a historic speech this morning on the role that faith would play in his government. In his words, he would not serve “one religion” if he is elected as president of the United States. 

Search for truth is part of nature of Catholic university, says president of Italian bishops

Dec 6, 2007 - 03:37 pm .- The Archbishop of Genoa and president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, said this week the “passionate search for truth” is part of the nature of the Catholic university.

Polish bishops request meeting with new government to prevent attacks on human life

Dec 6, 2007 - 01:33 pm .- Polish media is reporting that the bishops of that country have requested to meet with officials of the new administration in order to discuss ways to prevent new anti-life measures, such as public funding of in-vitro fertilization, from being implemented.

Vatican Radio staff members begin formation courses on culture and humanism

Dec 6, 2007 - 12:35 pm .- Vatican Radio has begun a series of formational courses that will allow its staff to learn its own history by looking towards the future.  The courses began with the theme, “Vatican Radio: mission and organization. Spreading the magisterium of Benedict XVI in the cultures of today.”

Bishop to send 500 missionaries to evangelize poor areas in Peruvian port city

Dec 6, 2007 - 12:26 pm .- On December 16, more than 500 missionaries from the Diocese of Callao will be commissioned by their local bishop, Miguel Irizar, to evangelize house by house in the poor section of Pachacutec.

Vatican appoints Ruthenian bishops in U.S.

Dec 6, 2007 - 12:22 pm .- Today the Vatican announced the appointment of two Ruthenian bishops in the United States: Bishop William Skurla and Msgr. Gerald Dino.

Australian Catholic Church running ads in movie theaters

Dec 6, 2007 - 12:11 pm .- The Catholic Church in Australia on Wednesday debuted its first ever movie advertising campaign, CathNews reports.

Catholics play role in closing of abortion mills in Spain

Dec 6, 2007 - 11:59 am .- The Spanish daily “La Razon” highlighted this week the pressure by Catholic groups which forced the closing of several controversial abortion mills in Barcelona, where abortions up to the eighth month of pregnancy were being performed at expensive rates.

Protestors beaten, arrested in Cuban church before Mass

Dec 6, 2007 - 11:52 am .- Plainclothes police burst into a Catholic church in eastern Cuba, beating and using pepper spray on a group of dissidents gathered there, Reuters reports.

HIV positive priest to plead guilty in Navy court martial

Dec 6, 2007 - 11:51 am .- A Catholic priest who is also a U.S. Navy chaplain will plead guilty Thursday to charges involving sexual misconduct. 

Pope Benedict receives President Topi of Albania

Dec 6, 2007 - 11:51 am .- Just days after the December 4 accord between the Vatican and Albania was reached, the Pope received the President of the Republic of Albania, Bamir Topi in an audience today. 

Benedict XVI recalls Benedict XV and praises wisdom of the Church in the East

Dec 6, 2007 - 10:57 am .- Among the many audiences the Holy Father granted at the Vatican today, one stood out for its historical significance. In an audience he gave to the Pontifical Oriental Institute, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about their founder, Pope Benedict XV, and praised their work to make known the outstanding heritage of Christian wisdom that the Church in the East has to offer.

World needs common witness of Baptists and Catholics to Christ, says the Pope

Dec 6, 2007 - 10:55 am .- Baptists leaders from around the world met with Pope Benedict XVI this morning at the Vatican as the second round of Baptist-Catholic talks continued. Saying that the lack of unity among Christians contradicts Christ’s will, Benedict XVI told the Baptist delegation that the world needs “our common witness to Christ and to the hope brought by the Gospel.”This meeting in Rome is the second round of ongoing discussions that Members of the Baptist World Alliance are holding with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The theme for this meeting is: "The Word of God in the Life of the Church: Scripture, Tradition and Koinonia."

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